Homecoming 2020 - Part I and Part II
October 9-10, 2020
and Spring 2021


Rocky Through the Decades: Purple and Gold Never Get Old


2020 Part I Virtual Tentative Schedule 

Our lives have been impacted due to the coronavirus pandemic, including our ability to gather for in person events. With the continued spread of COVID and the Missouri Valley Football Conference postponing the 2020 football season to the Spring of 2021, we made the decision to postpone in person Homecoming until Spring 2021. A date for Homecoming Part II in the Spring will be determined once the MVFC has announced the Spring football schedule. However, Homecoming Part I on October 9-10, 2020 will now be moved to a virtual experience, including the Old Stompin' Ground Runaround! We’ll have Homecoming 2020 shirts for sale soon with both Part I and Part II dates on them!

Friday, October 9, 2020
Saturday, October 10, 2020
  • Virtual Old Stompin’ Ground Runaround – completed anytime on October 10
    • Our virtual run may be completed anywhere and anytime on October 10. Simply choose your location then run, walk, jog, crawl or even hop on the treadmill to complete the 5K at your own pace anytime between 12 a.m. and 11:59:59 p.m. Then, submit your finish time via email, Facebook, text or through your preferred race app. We hope you'll also submit a photo in your best WIU gear for a chance to be featured on the WIU Alumni Association social media accounts. To register, email (complimentary and does not include a t-shirt) or visit HERE ($15 and does include a t-shirt). More details may be found HERE. Pre-registration is preferred but not required.
    • This event is being organized to promote a healthy and active lifestyle while practicing responsible social distancing. For information on guidance related to COVID-19, visit HERE.
  •  Homecoming Parade 10:30 a.m. live via zoom
    • By now you have most likely seen or participated in a birthday drive-by parade. Join us for our drive-by Homecoming parade! We’ll line up in a parking lot in Macomb to be announced soon starting at 10:00 a.m. We encourage all participants to decorate their vehicles with Purple and Gold and to remain in your vehicle throughout the parade. For those not living around the Macomb area, you may view the drive-by Homecoming parade live on our WIU Alumni Association Facebook page.
  • Zoom with Interim President Martin Abraham, Coach Elliott, WIU Football Player and WIU Football Alumnus 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
  •  At-Home WIU Tailgate 1-2 p.m. live via zoom
    • We highly encourage WIU Alumni and Friends to tailgate at home, just as though you were tailgating with us in Q-Lot. Be sure to put on your favorite WIU gear join us live via zoom to show us your tailgate then send us pictures of you and crew celebrating at your at-home tailgate.
  •  Homecoming Video Montage
    • View our Homecoming Video Montage full of photos and videos from past Homecomings at WIU. This video will for sure bring up some great memories of Homecomings past.

All details, links, zoom meeting information, registrations for events and details on how to purchase t-shirts will be available soon! Be sure to check back at

Homecoming T-shirts

2020 Part I and II versions coming soon!




2020 Part II In-Person Tentative Schedule 

Thursday, TBA Spring 2021
  • Celebrating Town & Gown
Friday, TBA Spring 2021
  • Paint the Paws
Friday, TBA Spring 2021
  • 2 p.m. Reunion registration starts; it continues throughout the weekend. Registration will take place at the Alumni House.
  • 5-9 p.m.  All-Alumni Social, Alumni House (Complimentary food, beer, wine and soda; cash bar available)
Saturday, TBA Spring 2021
  • 7-7:45 a.m.  Old Stompin' Ground Runaround Registration, Alumni House
  • 8 a.m.  Old Stompin' Ground Runaround: 5K Run/1.5 mile walk
  • 8:30 a.m.  Reunion Recognition Brunch & Social, Alumni House
  • 9:30 a.m.  All-Alumni Breakfast, Alumni House (Complimentary coffee and donuts)
  • 10:30 a.m.  Homecoming Parade
  • Noon-3 p.m.  Alumni Cookout at "The Right Place" tent - in Q LOT (Menu: Hot dogs, cheese burgers and hamburgers, veggie burgers, potato chips, bottled water, canned soda and coffee.)
  • 3 p.m.  Leathernecks Football Game vs. TBA - Hanson Field - POSTPONED until Spring 2021
    Tickets will not be mailed. The Homecoming football ticket sales are final. Therefore, all tickets purchased through the WIU Alumni Association are non-refundable.

**If you order mums, t-shirts, football tickets and/or lunch tickets, you can pick them up at the Alumni House any time on Friday and until 11:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. After 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, tickets/mums/t-shirts will be taken down to The Right Place tent, which is in Q Lot. You can pick up your items there. Any football tickets not picked up by 3:00 p.m. (game time) on Saturday will be left at the will call window at the stadium.


Save the Dates for future WIU Homecoming Weekends

Homecoming 2021--October 1-2, 2021





Homecoming 2020

Thursday, October 1

  • Town & Gown Postponed until Spring 2021

Friday, October 9

  • Homecoming 2020 kick-off live via zoom
  • Meet your Western Illinois University Alumni Council 12 –1 p.m. live via zoom
  • Virtual Beer and Cheese Pairing 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. live via Zoom
  • Virtual Wine and Cheese Pairing 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. live via Zoom

Saturday, October 10

  • Virtual Old Stompin' Ground Runaround
  • Homecoming Parade 10:30 a.m. live via zoom
  • Zoom with Interim President Martin Abraham, Coach Elliott, WIU Football Player and WIU Football Alumnus 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
  • At-Home WIU Tailgate 1-2 p.m. live via zoom
  • Homecoming Video Montage

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